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Endless Desert

The thought of life passing by too quickly leaves me feeling uneasy. I’m always trying to slow down and listen to others more genuinely or enjoy more thoroughly. However, being pregnant can force your mind to think about milestones whether you’re trying to or not. Let me start by saying, that all pregnancies are unique and every woman has to find what works for her and her body. For me, I’ve found that pushing myself physically has helped me live each step of pregnancy rather than living inside a number (16 weeks, 6 months, third trimester…). What I mean is, by safely pushing myself to new physical limits whether its not passing up a 5 am workout, or trying something that’s outside my athletic comfort zone or by simply telling myself one…more…minute, has helped me connect with myself physically in the here and now as I slip further and further away from my former physical self. Pregnancy has taught me that there’s no stopping time, no matter how uneasy that may make me feel. But focusing on the “cans” instead of the “can’ts” has me focused on something other than the numbers and that’s something I like. Things may not go back to the way they were but what’s ahead is a new limit for me to push.

On my recent trip to Joshua Tree, I was on my usual hunt for an amazing sunset. This time was fun because my sister was with us and she got to see the behind-the-scenes madness, that is capturing a sunset out in the middle of the wilderness of a national park. We arrived about 90 minutes before sunset to a completely overcast sky but determined, nonetheless, to find the spot where I shot an awesome sunset almost exactly a year ago. Although there are many faces to the landscape of Joshua Tree National Park, it can also feel confusing and repetitious when you’re out there in the fading light. A few times we thought we were on the right path only to realize there was another mountain or hill blocking the horizon so we’d turn around, sprint back to the main road, laughing and screaming out into the expanse. With about 20 minutes to spare, it became evident the skies were going to open to an incredible sunset and that we were in the general area I wanted to be in. It was then a mad dash up a sandy hill dodging rocks and spiky bushes. All in all, our step-tracking apps logged each of us in around 2 miles and 10 floors in less than an hour (and six months pregnant for me!). The steps and sweat were more than worth it when the skies displayed three breathtaking phases to that evening’s sunset. I surely didn’t go into this trip thinking I’d be participating in a cardio and booty blast but I take pride in my determination to not put limits on what I allow to be possible for myself. Hey, I never knew I could make a human, so as I see it, the possibilities for myself are as limitless as the desert is endless.


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Once. Again. Forever.

Joshua Tree

New Year’s Day 2015

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Valentine’s Day 2015

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May 1, 2015

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The last photo (above) was snapped with my iPhone in the very last moment of available light.

Joshua Tree has a way with me. The trees are truly alive. There can be no other human in sight yet you feel hundreds of distinctive lives around you. My hopes for each trip I’ve made to Joshua Tree have been to shoot an amazing sunset. While each trip has posed unique and individual weather and scenery offerings, May 1st was a trip to remember. I felt so privileged to be there in that moment, completely alone (my husband had gone for a sunset jog). I found myself shaking my head in awe, repeating thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you to myself for being in the moment, thank you to my husband for always being willing to go the extra mile with me for an adventure, thank you to my dad for being up there somewhere in that sunset, and thank you God for a greatness and glory that is limitless. I always say, the sunset is God’s way of letting us know that it’s good down here but it’s great up there.

I went once. I traveled again. And with this memory I will stay forever.

Where have you seen your most amazing sunset? I’d love to know!